ADHD Statistics

ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in children. Here are some ADHD statistics:

An estimated 11% (6.4 million) of US school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime
  • An estimated 11% (6.4 million) of US school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime.*
  • * Based on a 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, in which parents were asked if a health care practitioner had ever told them their child had ADD or ADHD.
  • According to follow-up studies of children with ADHD:
    • Nearly 50% of children diagnosed with ADHD may continue to have ADHD as adults. This statistic is based on parents' reports.
  • It is estimated that 4.4% or 10.5 million US adults have ADHD.*
    * Based on a survey of 3,199 adults aged 18 to 44 and applied to the full US population aged 18 and over.
  • It is estimated that:
    Nearly 17 million Americans are affected by ADHD.

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